Just Listed in Short Hills

JUST LISTED IN SHORT HILLS!

Don’t miss this fabulous property just listed in Short Hills.

Framed by mature trees and lush landscaping, this stunning brick Colonial invites you to experience elegance both inside and out. Take the gently curving paver pathway to the stately two-story columned entry. Inside, a lovely foyer leads to the magnificent wainscoted dining room, its rich wooden floors gleaming in the light from the fireplace. Relax in the bright living room as you take in the breathtaking views outside the gorgeous arched window. Light sparkles from the tray ceiling overhead. Create a gourmet feast in your chef’s kitchen with double ovens, high-end appliances, and its open floor plan, cooking will be a joy. After dinner, relax by the fireside in your family room. Custom built-in cabinetry, a tray ceiling, and a warm color palette lend a cozy feeling to the room. A first-floor bedroom that opens into a full bath provides extra sleeping space for household members or guests.

At bedtime, retire upstairs to your luxurious master suite. Double walk-in closets furnish all the storage room you’ll need. A private balcony, heated tile floors, a steam shower, and a spa tub make you feel as if you were in a five-star hotel—only it’s all yours. Three more bedrooms and another full bath complete the second floor. Downstairs, enjoy casual downtime in the beautifully finished recreation room.

Outdoors, discover a veritable paradise in your backyard. Curving paths lead to secret garden hideaways. Sip a lemonade on your paved patio as you watch the leaves rustle in the trees. Though this home has the feeling of a vacation retreat, it’s close to New York City trains and major highways for a quick commute. Located in one of Short Hills’ most desirable neighborhoods, this home is the perfect place to call home.

For more information, visit this home’s website, and then contact us to arrange a viewing!

 

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Spotlight on… Chew Chew Pizzeria, Short Hills

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Shannon Aronson’s “Spotlight On…” series kicks off today with Chew Chew Pizzeria in Short Hills.

Chew Chew Pizzeria is located directly across from the Short Hills train station, making it a great pit stop on the way home from work in the city.  Since opening last summer, Chew Chew has become an instant favorite with the kids in town, who quickly introduced their parents.

Serving pizza, pasta, salads, soups and entrees, the menu is comprehensive and the reviews are excellent.

If you would like to find out more about Millburn, Short Hills or the surrounding towns, or if you would like to discuss selling your home, please contact us and we would be happy to help you.

More about Chew Chew Pizzeria:

Michael Colombo is a 6th generation Sicilian, fornaio a pizzaiolo. Has has been trained in the business while working along side his grandfather and father his entire life. He is now venturing out on his own and is looking forward to sharing his talents and passion for food with the diverse community of Short Hills.  Chew Chew Pizzeria is a locally owned and operated family Italian restaurant. We have been in the Short Hills area since mid-summer 2016.

Information:  Chew Chew Pizzeria is located at  38 Chatham Road, NJ, Short Hills, NJ 07078 and the telephone number is 973 912 8899. 

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Just listed in Short Hills

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Just listed in Short Hills, New Jersey by Shannon Aronson…

85 Fairfield Drive, Short Hills boasts six bedrooms and is beautifully finished.  Visit the website for more information, and check out our sneak peak video tour below…

Artfully framed by tall trees and manicured shrubbery, this impressive brick-front colonial is certain to turn heads. While curb appeal is unmistakable, the location puts you in touch with all this upscale community has to offer. Built in 1937, with loving care and thoughtful updates, this fine home remains fresh and modern today.

Inside, the open concept main level lends itself equally to entertaining and comfortable daily living. The front to back living room includes a fireplace and opens to an office, where working from home will be a pleasure. Beyond the living room, a charming sitting room has a bow window overlooking the backyard. Across the foyer, the formal dining room enjoys a side bow window and is poised to host your next dinner party. The kitchen is a breath of fresh air, where white cabinets are topped with granite counters, while appliances are just a step or two in any direction. Open access to the family room creates a social and culinary hub calling everyone to gather and linger. French doors in the family room open to the deck for an effortless transition from indoor to outdoor living. Dine and relax on the deck or play and garden in the spacious backyard. Bedrooms are nestled on the second and third levels, while the finished lower level welcomes indoor play and hobbies.

Illustrating just what ‘move-in condition’ really means, this is an exceptional opportunity to join a thriving community as you enjoy complete comfort and supreme style.

Contact us to arrange a viewing or ask any questions about the Short Hills area.

Millburn High School: Students’ Perspective

 

 

 

Millburn High School: Students’ Perspective…

Hearing what the students have to say about life at Millburn High School is key to learning more about what sets the Millburn-Short Hills schools apart.  Many buyers are excited to learn that the Millburn-Short Hills school system provides an education that ranks among the best nationwide.  Shannon decided to find out what students Isaac, Julia and Morgan think about the opportunities afforded them at Millburn High School.  Julia participates in the prestigious, student run, a cappella group Soulfege, Isaac is Class President, and Morgan is a member of the Key Club.

From extra curriculars and sports to their favorite teachers, these freshman deliver the inside scoop.  Hear them describe their journey through the Millburn school system, from Kindergarten to High School.  Learn about the efforts the school is going to in order to negate the impact of the academic workload for the students, including the introduction of therapy dogs.  The dogs are brought in once a month to help relieve stress.  The video also contains top tips on the kids’ favorite places in town to eat and relax.

If you enjoy Shannon’s video, “Millburn High School: Students’ Perspective”, and would like to talk further about moving to Millburn Short Hills, please contact us and we will be happy to help you.

 

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Greenwood Gardens hosts Harvest Celebration

Greenwood Gardens, in Short Hills, New Jersey, is hosting a History and Harvest Celebration this Sunday October 15th.  Among the many activities, there will be music by the wildly talented Millburn High School a cappella group, Soulfege.  Enjoy garden tours, pony rides and, of course, donuts and apple cider!  Festivities begin at noon and continue until 4pm.

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A 28 acre public garden, Greenwood Gardens is truly a hidden gem.  The stunning estate regularly hosts a variety of events, such as cooking and photography classes, and twilight tours of the gardens.

Looking to round out your day with viewings of area homes?  Contact us for information on local homes for sale.

 



Meet the Team!

 

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As the first in our series of Meet the Team posts, we invite you to learn a little more about Shannon Aronson…

Shannon has lived in Short Hills for eighteen years, and her three sons have all benefitted from the Millburn school system, and the activities and athletics offered in the community.

Education is important to Shannon, and as such she is now in her fourth year as Chair of the Board of Trustees for Millburn’s Education Foundation. Shannon also makes her mark further afield; through Solstice 620, the foundation she created with her husband David, Shannon organizes humanitarian relief efforts in Guatemala.

Did you know? Shannon is a singer and used to sing for local band, “The Mood Swings.”

Shannon and her team have won many accolades and ranked in the top 1% of producers in the state every year since 2009. Shannon believes this is, in large part, due to the concierge level service provided to their clients.

Insider tip? Shannon’s favorite area restaurant is Maplewood’s Lorena’s, her favorite watering hole is Moonshine in Millburn, and her gym of choice is Vita Athletics in Summit.

What’s next for Shannon? This fall, Shannon’s book “Don’t Give It Away” is being released. Written with the seller in mind, “Don’t Give It Away” is a guide to navigating the home selling process successfully, while keeping potential stressors to a minimum.

If you would like to talk about listing your home, or are considering a move to the area, please contact us, and Shannon and her team will gladly help you.

 


Springfield Township NJ Bark-a-Que

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Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Head to Meisel Park in Springfield Township from 11 am – 4 pm for the 7th annual “Bark-a-Que” event. The day, hosted by Home for Good Dog Rescue, features an adoption event, allowing families to find a rescue dog. The event is expected to be attended by almost 3,000 people and pups.

In addition to celebrating the dogs that have already been placed into loving homes by Home for Good Dog Rescue, those in attendance will also have the opportunity to sign their dogs up for contests! Face painting, professional photos, live music, food and more will also be offered at the event. Click here for more information. A $5 donation per family is suggested. Avoid the lines the day of event by registering in advance.

To learn more about Springfield Township NJ and surrounding communities, please be sure to contact us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots. You can reach me by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. Thinking of making a move to the area? Click here to search homes for sale. For great real estate information, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

The New Jersey Down Payment Assistance Program

Recently Shannon sat down with her favorite mortgage expert, Jon Lamkin, with Guaranteed Rate. He is the cream of the crop in the mortgage industry. Jon and Shannon talked about the exciting new New Jersey Mortgage program, the New Jersey Down Payment Assistance Program. Additional funding from Hurricane Sandy left New Jersey with some extra monies. The state has allocated the $3 million dollars left to be used to assist first-time homebuyers with up to $16,000 towards their down payment and/or closing costs. The program is designed for 6 counties in New Jersey. Essex, Union, and Passaic counties are the areas that Shannon and Jon service that qualify for the program. The program is specifically for first-time homebuyers, and there are income restrictions. Families earning $131,000 or less would qualify for the program. A minimum 620 credit score is also required which is feasible as it is not an incredibly high score. Conventional, FHA, and VA mortgages are all allowed with this program. It can be used for the purchase of a single family home, multi family home, or condos.

Milleniums have really started to take advantage of this program. The program is great for people who have possibly been paying $3,000 or more a month in rent who just haven’t been able to save enough for a down payment. Even if someone does have enough to cover the down payment, sometimes they can forget about the closing costs which can be an additional 2.5 – 3%.

As an example, to purchase a $350,000 house, 20% down would be $70,000. That might not be realistic. So, suppose someone only has $35,000 to put down. That’s 10% down. But then maybe they don’t have money for closing costs. You can then take that $16,000 and put it towards some of the down payment or closing costs. Now, they have $51,000 vs. the original $35,000.

Next Shannon and Jon talked about purchasing a home with even less down, perhaps through an FHA loan. With an FHA loan, you can purchase a home with as little as 3.5% down. So, for example, if you purchase a $300,000 home, you only need $10,500 for the down payment. Perhaps the closing costs are another $10,000. That’s a total of a little of $20,500 needed. With this program, someone could purchase a home with $4,500 of their own savings and use the $16,000 to make up the rest of the costs. The pros of an FHA loan are: Interest rates are typically lower; The loan is not credit-sensitive. Cons of the FHA loan include: You do need to pay the upfront Mortgage Protection premium, with is 1.75% being added into the loan which gets financed over 30 years.

If someone uses the $16,000 New Jersey Down Payment Assistance Program, that money does not need to be paid back with interest. The $16,000 acts as a lien on the property; However, if the homeowners own their home for at least 5 years, the $16,000 loan is forgiven. Jon mentioned some people buy their first home and live it in for 3 or 4 years and then decide to move again. He said if they rent out the home, but still own it, that $16,000 would still be forgiven after 5 years. Shannon talked about the benefits of real estate investments. She said if you can get into your first property with a very small amount of money down, and then start saving money for the down payment of your second home, then, when it’s time to move out, keep that first property as rental income, even if it’s just a break-even, and let someone else pay down your mortgage for 15, 18 or 20 years, that rental income could now potentially fund a college education. With an FHA loan, however, you do have to notify the lender if you move out.

They ended their conversation with a discussion regarding current rates. Rates right now are approx. 3.75% on a 30-year fixed mortgage. Jon says it is only a matter of time before long-term interest rates are going to go up. With rates being as low as they are now, and home owner affordability being high, there are a lot of buyers out there right now.

If you are thinking of buying a home, be sure to contact the Shannon Aronson team. We’d be happy to arrange a showing for you. Curious about the area? Contact us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots. You can reach us by phone at 973.637.0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. For more great real estate information, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Fall Lawn Care Tips

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With the end of summer right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about cooler temperatures and Fall. HomeAdvisor.com offers the following tips for cleaning up your yard so that it is ready for the new Fall season.

Fall Lawn Care Tips

  • Rake Leaves: It is important that you rake or mulch your leaves so they don’t kill the grass underneath them that you worked hard to have beautiful during the summer.
  • Fertilize Your Lawn: Putting fertilizer on your lawn now can make a big difference with how your yard will look next summer.
  • Aerate Your Lawn: Aeration helps fertilizer, water and air to get into your soil, all helping to keep a lawn healthy even during winter months.
  • Winterize Your Sprinklers: If there is water left in your sprinkler system, it could cause your pipes to crack or freeze and thus ruin your sprinkler system. It could cost over $1,000 to replace the system should that happen.
  • Clean Your Gutters: After the leaves begin to fall, be sure to check they haven’t blocked your gutters. Blocked gutters will hold water, and the weight could pull down your gutter system or even parts of your roof.

For additional real estate tips, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com. Planning a move to the Millburn Short Hills NJ or any other surrounding towns? If so, be sure to contact us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots. Click here to search homes for sale.

Chathams NJ Real Estate Trends

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The Chathams NJ Real Estate Trends – Listing vs. Sold Prices

If you are considering buying a home or selling a home in The Chathams NJ it would be helpful for you to see what the current Chathams NJ Real Estate Trends are. Before we talk about the chart below, it is important for you to understand the difference between a listing price and a sold price. The listing price is how much a seller is asking for their home. The sold price is how much the buyer is willing to pay for the home. When we look at the most recent Chathams NJ real estate trends, we see after a 12 month low in October of 2016, the listing prices reached a high between December 2016 and January 2017. After that, the listing prices began to once again decline. The sold prices reached a high between May and June 2016, and saw a dramatic decline between June and July of 2017.

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Chatham NJ Real Estate Trends – Market Inventory Trends

Looking further into Chatham NJ Real Estate Trends, we learn that the number of active listings in Chatham NJ dropped by 7.5% from the previous month. The median number of days active properties have been listed is 72.

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Chathams NJ Real Estate Trends – Learn More!

Some additional interesting statistics include:  $1,306,690 is the median listing price for homes in Chatham NJ; 72 is the median days on market; and 86 is the number of active listings.  If you have unanswered question or would like to learn more about the Chathams NJ real estate trends, or if you would like to see any of the properties for sale in Chatham NJ, please be sure to contact me. I can be reached by phone at 973.637.0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. For more information about The Chathams NJ and our surrounding communities, please visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.